2020 Pilot Awards Announced

Congratulations to all of our awardees!

March 23, 2020

The Intramural Research Support Committee (IRSC) reviewed 49 letters of intent and 27 full grant applications. There were 14 applications submitted to the Clinical/Population Health RFA and 13 application to the Basic/translational RFA.

Clinical/Population Health Pilot Recipients

Claudia Lucia Campos, MD

Claudia Campos, MD

Internal Medicine

“SMS System for Patients with Uncontrolled Hypertension - A Feasibility Study”
⏤co-funded by Internal Medicine and Center for Healthcare Innovation

Chris Gillette - PA Program

Chris Gillette, PhD

PA Studies

“PIEPN: Provider Intention for Educating Patients about Naloxone“
⏤ co-funded by the Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction

Giya Harry, MD, MPH, MSc

Giya Harry, MD, MPH, MSc


“mHealth Monitoring of Barriers to Treatment Adherence in Adolescents with Childhood-Onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus”
 Heidi Diana Klepin, MD

Heidi Klepin, MD

Hematology and Oncology

 “Pilot study of Muscadine Grape Extract to Improve Fatigue Among Older Adult Cancer Survivors”
⏤ co-funded by the Comprehensive Cancer Center


Lindsay Reynolds, PhD

PHS- Epidemiology and Prevention

“A Feasibility Study Incorporating DNA Methylation-Predicted Aging with a Dietary Intervention to Improve Cardiometabolic Health”⏤ co-funded by the Cardiovascular Sciences Center

Stacey Quintero Wolfe, MD 

Stacey Wolfe, MD


“Fingolimod as a Treatment for Cerebral Edema after Intracerebral Hemorrhage”

Basic/Translational Pilot Recipients

Christina Hugenschmidt, PhD

Christina Hugenschmidt, PhD

Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine

“Quantifying Synaptic Density in Human and Rodent Models Using a Novel PET Tracer”
⏤ co-funded by Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Jamie Nicole Justice 

Jamie Justice, PhD

Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine

“Integrating Novel Imaging Analytics to Quantify Senescent Cell Burden in Human Aging and Obesity“
⏤ co-funded by the Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer's Research
Genesio Karere, PhD 

Genesio Karere, PhD

Internal Medicine

“MicroRNA-gene Networks Underlying Early Coronary Atherosclerosis”
⏤ co-funded by the Cardiovascular Sciences Center

Giuseppe Orlando, MD, PhD

Giuseppe Orlando, MD, PhD

Surgical Sciences – Transplant

“Injection of Isolated Respiration-Competent Mitochondria as Novel Treatment Approach of Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury in Kidney Transplantation”